photographic and illustrated art for Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival 2017

ARTHUR LYONS FILM NOIR FESTIVAL RESCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 3-6 2020

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Victoria Mature and Alan K. Rode introduce THE LONG HAUL (1958) at NOIR CITY, Hollywood, March 11, 2020.

Kudos to Victoria for taking Jessica Cronn’s original video and creating a documentary featurette, “Growing up Mature.”

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Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film

“In a superbly researched, highly compelling account of one of cinema’s most gifted and underrated directors, Rode provides a vivid description of Curtiz’s personality and work- ing methods. It is di cult if not impossible to imagine a more complete account of his life.” —Steven C. Smith, author of A Heart at Fire’s Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann

TV’s Mightiest Mouthpiece—The Noir Roots of Perry Mason

TV’s Mightiest Mouthpiece—The Noir Roots of Perry Mason

CROOKED MOUTHPIECES date back to the era of 1930s porto-noir gangster movies (reaching their apogee with Louis Calhern’s turn in The Asphalt Jungle), but crusading defense attorneys who trod the line between cleverness and corruption proved to be scarce onscreen.   ...

Dinner with Alfonse: A Family Remembrance

Dinner with Alfonse: A Family Remembrance

Alfonse at work Grandfather lit up a Salem and recalled the young Joan Crawford as we sat around the dining table.  “She would do anything with anybody,” he said with a knowing wink.  Grandmother shushed him with  “Alfonse!” as she and Mom cleared the table. Mom...

Thar She Blows!

Thar She Blows!

Twilight Time releases a restored Blu-ray® of John Huston’s essential Moby Dick (1956)   In the film, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962), there is a beach scene with an alluring ingénue telling James Stewart that she began reading Moby Dick but gave it up because, “who...

The Season of Noir

The Season of Noir

The late spring and beginning of summer is my favorite time of the year in Southern California.  The roses are in bloom, the temperature in the San Fernando Valley hasn’t yet reached the upper extremes of a pizza oven and the birds sing all day.  It is also the time...